Composition Recitals – this Saturday, April 5th!

The Musicianship Classes will present their Compositions this Saturday, April 5th.  The classes will meet at their regular times, but the last 30 minutes of each class will be devoted to presenting the Compositions so parents will be invited in to listen.  Not every class will be participating so please look below for details about which classes/times and let us know if you have any questions.  Good luck to the students on their Projects!

Shawn’s Participating Classes and Students:  Bito room 210

10 am Class – performance at 10:30 – Eleanor A, Owen D, Helen F, Hannah GP, Gillian K, Anthony M, Johnathan R, Nina S, Christopher SB, Calvin W

11 am – performance at 11:30 – Ani AM, Bram F, Megan H, Ethan R

12 pm – performance at 12:30 – Tia K, Francesca NB, Silas W

1:15 pm – performance at 1:45 – Isabel F, Ethan H, Morgan H, Emma R, Brandon S, Maggie T

2:15 pm – performance at 2:45 – Julian M, Jack N, John W


David’s Participating Classes (11 am class is not participating):  Blum N210

12:30 pm – performance at 1 pm – Luca B,  Sonya-Julia K, Sofia L, Owen L, Elischka L, Aidan M, Ben KO, Stella P, Ani S

2 pm – performance at 2:30 pm – Malcolm G, Owain H, Beck L, Wini L

Bard Music Camp – Early Bird Registration ends this Saturday, April 5th!

4th Annual Bard Music Camp!! – July 7-19, 2014 – Now with Tennis!

The Bard Music Camp Early Bird Registration ($30 Discount) Deadline is this Saturday, April 5th.  Sign up now for a great deal on a fun and stimulating week or two of music making this summer!  Applications can be found on the website: or at the Bake Sale table on Saturday.

And a reminder about the optional tennis Mini-Camp:

  • New at the Bard Music Camp this year will be an optional After-Camp Tennis Mini-Camp.  Bard Men’s Tennis Coach Andrew Constant will be working with interested Bard Music Camp students daily (Monday-Friday) from 3:30-4:30 pm.
    Details:  $100 for the week (5 sessions) – in addition to the camp tuition.  Space is very limited and open only to Bard Music Camp students.  Check the box on the camp registration form for tennis and you are all set.  This is a great chance for the kids to get some exercise, burn off steam, and hone their tennis skills after a stimulating musical day.

A reminder about upcoming deadlines.

  • June 2nd:  Regular Registration Deadline – after June 2nd $25 late fee applies (if spots are still available)

Applications are available in the Prep office or at the Bake Sale table and all of the information can be found on our WEBSITE.  Please email us at if you have any questions.  We hope to see everyone at the Bard Music Camp this summer!

Bard Prep Spring Break Coming Up!

Just a reminder that Bard Prep will be off for Spring Break the weeks of April 12th and 19th for Saturday students.  We do have classes/lessons this Saturday, April 5th and then we meet next on April 26th.

Spring Break for Tuesday students:  April 15th and 22nd.  Classes resume April 29th.

We hope everyone has a restful break (but keep practicing!).

Faculty and Friends Performances – Alice, Helena and Marka, Malena



HELENA BAILLIE - Bargemusic and Duo Recital with MARKA GUSTAVSSON

  • Sunday, April 27th, 4 pm:  Bargemusic, Brooklyn, New York – Masterworks series:  Program to include Stravinsky Suite Italienne, Tartini Sonata in G minor, Op. 1 No. 10 “Didone abbandonata”, Vivaldi Sonata in A Major Op. 2 No. 2 (RV 31), Shostakovich 24 Preludes Op. 34 (selection): Helena Baillie, Violin, Dina Vainshtein, Piano – For More Information or Tickets!

  • Sunday, May 11, 2 pm:  Unison Arts Center, New Paltz : Mother’s Day Duo Recital: featuring works by Mozart, Bartok, Alessandro Rolla and Lazlo Weiner:  Helena Baillie, Violin and Viola; Marka Gustavsson, Violin and Viola -  For More Information or Tickets!

MALENA DAYEN - Carmen in Brazil

  • May 28th, 31nd, June 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 2014 - Teatro Municipal de Sao Paulo, Brazil: Carmen (Bizet) – Malena will be singing the role of Mercedes.  If you are going to be in Brazil check it out!  Information Here!


Payne Hollow – Review by Silas W.

Silas W. has been studying piano at Bard Prep student since January 2008.  He recently attended the World Premiere of Bard Prep Composition/Musicianship teacher Shawn Jaeger’s opera, Payne Hollow, at the Fisher Center at Bard and he was inspired to write this wonderful review (thanks Silas!):

As I sat down in my seat in Sosnoff at the Bard Fischer Center for the world premiere of Payne Hollow, I was suddenly very bewildered at the chirping of the frogs, which were actually very appropriate to the setting. I could already tell the somewhat mysterious mood that this opera had by the night sounds in the background. I really enjoyed the background orchestral music too; it was sometimes very creepy as the lightning struck on the night river. The story that the two travelers told was a prequel to the non-resting artistic apparitions that haunted the very house at night. When the two lover ghosts entered, I listened to the ghost named Harlan sing about his lifelong loneliness and his particular ardor to paint the river and its background. The way the ghost lovers displayed their old life
was very strong and really showed how they wished to be together and alive again. Shawn Jaeger did a fantastic job on this opera and he is my musicianship teacher right now!

Bake Sale – A Big Thank You!

Thank you to all of our Parents, Students, and Faculty for rising to the challenge.  Seeing everybody come together to help the program was truly inspiring and we feel honored and blessed to be part of such an incredible community.  Thank you.

The Bard Prep Bake Sale shattered all previous records on March 15 with a total of $400 for food and $37 for shirts!  The funds generated by the Bake Sale are crucially important to the present and future of the Bard Prep program.  We can’t thank you enough for all of your hard work in making it possible this week and every week.  Let’s keep up the good work to ensure the continued quality of the program for all of our students.

PLEASE SIGN UP HERE for this Week’s Sale and Thank You again.


Hungry young musicians!

Bake Sale

A Spring Smorgasbord at Bard Prep!